Death at Blue Hills

A model criminal trial in the Supreme Court

Eamonn Murtagh has been charged with murder but claims to have acted in self-defence. With your students playing the roles of prosecutor, defence counsel, judge and jury members, will he be found guilty or not guilty? This partly scripted mock court activity, set in the Supreme Court of Victoria, introduces students to criminal law, and the rules of evidence and procedure, in a fun and engaging way.


  • Curriculum links
  • Using the model trial
  • Understanding court procedures
  • Professional ethics, courtesies and court deportment
  • Supreme Court procedure
  • Courtroom set-up
  • Script: Death at Blue Hills
  • Research and discussion activities
  • Useful internet sites.
This page was last updated on November 13, 2014